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Nico Varrone wins BRDC British F3 Esports title at Donington Park

by Elliot Wood

Chris Dittmann Racing’s Nico Varrone claimed the BRDC British Formula 3 Esports title at Donington Park with another stellar display.

Varrone won race one with a dominant run from pole. He was the only driver in the race to go without a track limits warning.

Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw waited a lap before passing Jake Dalton for second place, then led the privateer and his Douglas team-mate Harrison Scott for the rest of the race. Scott, still cradling a broken wrist and ruing his qualifying performance, pressured Dalton throughout but couldn’t make a pass.

Piers Prior’s title chances were effectively ended when CDR’s Kieran Vernon passed him for sixth early on, as he was unable to get back past. He then lost another spot to Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke, leaving the Lanan Racing driver a disappointed eighth.

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard had a messy race with several crashes, but still managed a top 10 finish behind Double R Racing’s Louis Foster.

In the fully reversed grid second race, Carlin’s Enaam Ahmed took an easy win from pole, while race one’s front four charged up the order.

Scott made the best progress, getting up to ninth after one lap, into the top five after three laps, and then on to the podium on lap six. He couldn’t make any further progress, and finished in third behind team-mate Callan O’Keeffe.

New champion Varrone took a little longer to get up the order, but was still the fastest man on track most of the time. He set fastest lap multiple times once getting up to fifth, which was where he would finish behind team-mate Vernon.

British GT driver Jordan Albert and Lanan’s Bart Horsten were near the front early on before colliding. Albert retired on the spot but Horsten got away without too much damage and trailed home Fortec’s Tom Gamble with a distant seventh place finish.

De Pauw came eighth, while Prior benefited from others’ mistakes to rise up to ninth – enough to beat Scott to second in the standings on wins countback.